Holiday Fun in Dayton

Halloween is over and now it’s time to make plans for holiday fun! Here is our guide for Holiday Fun in Dayton that you will want to put on your calendar!


Wreath Lighting at Fairfield Commons 

Details: November 10, 6:00- 8:00 pm at Fairfield Commons
Join them for our third annual Wreath Lighting event presented by Soin Medical Center! This family-friendly event will include free carriage rides, a reindeer petting zoo, face painting, lots of great giveaways and more! Plus watch as a local artist creates a piece of holiday artwork right before your eyes.

Christmas Tree Lighting at Austin Landing

Details: November 10, 6:00- 9:00 pm at Austin Landing
Join them at 6:00pm where the fun will begin for their Kettering Physician Network Christmas Tree Lighting and holiday activities! The world-renowned Budweiser Clydesdales and Dalmatian are coming to Austin Landing for the Kettering Physician Network Tree Lighting event on Saturday, November 10th! They will be joining us in our “Light Up the Landing Parade” starting at 6pm.

Christmas Tree Lighting at Austin Landing

A Yuletide Winter’s Gathering 

Details: November 10, 10:00 am, Downtown Tipp City
This special event in the historic district features seasonal merchandise from locally owned unique boutiques and restaurants with specialties including toys, games, vintage finds and antiques, collectibles, fashions & accessories, handmade soaps, household furniture, art, jewelry, specialty teas & coffee, books, confections and more. Also, enjoy dining at one of our renowned, award winning restaurants and eateries, free pictures with Santa, and horse-drawn carriage rides through the four quaint blocks of Main Street.

One Stop Holiday Shop at Aullwood

Details: November 10, 9:00 am, Aullwood Audubon Farm
This unique holiday event brings your favorite area museum stores, community non-profit organizations and local artisans together in one location for a one stop holiday shopping experience! You will find hand-crafted treasures and distinctive gifts, ranging from jewelry and pottery to museum treasures and one of a kind finds. Free.

St. John’s Holiday Bazaar

Details: November 10, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Vandalia, Ohio
Stop by for all your holiday shopping needs and grab some lunch. We have a variety of handmade items along with all your direct sales needs. Make sure to mark interested to keep up with all our vendors, I will update as we get closer. Free admission and plenty of parking, see you there! Free.

Christmas in Springboro

Details: Friday, Nov 16 (6:00-10:00 pm), Saturday, Nov 17 (10:00 am- 9:00 pm), Sunday, Nov 18 ( Noon- 5:00 pm), Downtown Springboro
This year’s theme will be “The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear”. Mark your calendars and join us at Christmas in Historic Springboro Festival, the largest 3 day Holiday festival in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana – attracting over 70,000 visitors annually!

Hometown Holiday Horse Parade in Greenville

Details: Saturday, Nov 17, 7:00 pm
This annual tradition has kicked-off the holiday season for the downtown Greenville district the past ten years! Over 90 lighted horse drawn carriages, hitches and riders illuminate downtown, bringing an estimated 8,000+ spectators for the grand event! Main Street Greenville, the non-profit organization that coordinates the event, provides multiple entertainment options leading up to the parade, including shopping and dining at the independent and unique shops located downtown Greenville!

Christmas Tree Lighting at The Greene

Details: Thursday, Nov 15, 6:00- 8:00 pm, The Greene
Join us on the Town Square for an event filled evening and a spectacular lighting ceremony as we illuminate our 50-foot tree. Festivities kick off at 5pm with live music with Anthony Mossburg, song & dance brought to you by Muse Machine, horse-drawn carriages, live reindeer and more!

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Christmas Tree Lighting at The Greene

Sugarplum Festival of Trees 

Details: Nov 16- Nov 18, Dayton Masonic Center
The Sugarplum Festival of Trees is an annual holiday extravaganza that kicks off the holiday season for the Miami Valley. Please join the more than 350 TWIG volunteers that have worked year-round to make this spectacular holiday event possible. Shop our boutique, plus raffle baskets, Christmas tree silent auction, and Nutcracker Sweets. All proceeds benefit Dayton Children’s Hospital.

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

Details: Nov 16- 23 at The Schuster Center
Come see all of your favorite characters from the special, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.

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Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

Ice Rink Opens at Riverscape Metro Park

Details: Friday, Nov 23- Feb 28, 2019
Spend the holiday weekend creating lasting memories with friends and family at MetroParks Ice Rink! Warm up with hot chocolate from our food concessions. No registration required. Call 937-278-2607 for further details. Admission $5, Skate Rental $2. Children 3 and under free.

WinterFest at Kings Island

Details: Nov 23- December 31, Kings Island
Imagine an old-fashioned winter…rosy-cheeked skaters, the magic of dazzling holiday shows, carolers, shops filled with ornaments, trinkets and toys, the aroma of freshly-baked treats and the spirit of everyone’s favorite season captured in an atmosphere of warmth and nostalgia. During Winterfest, the iconic 314-foot tall Eiffel Tower will be converted into the “world’s largest Christmas tree”, decorated with thousands of lights which will be seen for miles.

Light Up The Heights

Details: Monday, November 26, 6:00 pm, Huber Center
Annual Lighting of the Community Christmas Tree featuring the arrival of Santa & Mrs. Claus.  Music by local choir, FREE horse-drawn wagon rides, model train display, photos with Santa ($7 per photo) and more!

12 Days of KidX

Details: Nov 28- Dec 9, 2:00 pm, Dayton Mall
Our KidX Club is hosting 12 days of holiday-inspired events for kids of all ages, right here at the Dayton Mall. And guess what- it’s FREE. Happy holidays to YOU!

A Carillon Christmas

Details: Nov 28- Dec 30, 5:00 pm, Carillon Historic Park
A Carillon Christmas will begin on November 28th with the illumination of Ohio’s tallest tree of light. Join us as this remarkable light display dazzles the Dayton skyline for its second year. The lighting of the Carillon Tree of Light will kick off a month of holiday festivities at Carillon Historical Park!

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A Carillon Christmas

Christmas in the Village in Waynesville 

Details: November 30- December 2, Downtown Waynesville
Visit Waynesville Ohio this holiday season and capture the spirit of the holidays!  Stroll in and out of retail and dining storefronts, while listening to barbershop quartets, choirs and musicians.  Enjoy 1300 luminaries (Friday & Saturday evenings), take a carriage ride and feel that the holiday spirit in the air with the clip clapping of the horses hooves and jingle bells.  Costume characters will be throughout the weekend to help bring a smile to your face.  Don’t forget jolly old St. Nick he will be here all weekend long to listen to the requests of all the good boys and girls.

Christmas Concert and Tree Lighting in Huber Heights

Details: December 1, 5:00-7:00 pm, Eichelberger Amphitheater
The City of Huber Heights will be hosting its annual Christmas Concert and Tree Lighting Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 5pm-7pm. There will be opportunities to have photos taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus, making Christmas wishlists, and plenty of cookies and hot chocolate for everyone. Non-perishable food donations for St. Peter’s Food Pantry are accepted.

Friends of SICSA Holiday Bazaar

Details: December 1, 9:00 am- 4:00 pm, SISCA Pet Adoption Center
Join the Friends of SICSA for their annual Holiday Bazaar! The Friends of SICSA will have handmade crafts, holiday goods, homemade goodies, and other fun to be had at their Holiday Bazaar. Pictures with Santa for a minimum donation of only $10!

Rosewood Holiday Arts Festival 

Details: December 1, 11:00 am- 3:00 pm, Rosewood Arts CentreRosewood Arts Centre proudly presents “A Rosewood Holiday Arts Festival” on Saturday, December 1st from 11 am to 3 pm at Rosewood Arts Centre in Kettering, OH. Featuring artists, demonstrations, art activities, theater and dance performances, and art exhibitions, there is something for everyone. Admission to the event is free with refreshments, make-and-take activities and artwork available for purchase. For additional information, please contact Rosewood Arts Centre at (937) 296-0294 or visit


Details: December 8,10:00 am- 4:00 pm & December 9, Noon- 4:00 pm,  Dayton Liederkranz Turner German Club
Quality vendors will offer hand crafted ornaments, handmade bath soaps and accessories, beer steins, amber jewelry from the Baltic, German collectibles, antiques, stained glass, unique jewelry, note cards & gifts, paper cut outs, etc. The annual Christmas Basket Raffle features many unique seasonal and German items. Free.

Miamisburg Community Holiday Event & Parade

Details: December 8, 2:30- 6:30 pm
Join them this year for the annual Community Holiday Celebration and parade. Following the parade, visit an Elves workshop with games, crafts, and entertainment in the Baum Opera House, have pictures taken with Santa, take carriage rides around downtown Miamisburg and enjoy activities and shopping at local businesses. Get into the holiday spirit. Come out and enjoy this enchanted day in Miamisburg. Free.

Christmas in the Park 

Details: December 8, 5:00- 7:00 pm, Bellbrook Sugarcreek Park
Christmas in the Park is a Bellbrook tradition that makes cookies seem a little sweeter and lights in the park a little more sparkly. We will kick off the festival with our park lighting ceremony to welcome Santa to the park with Bellbrook hospitality! Local music groups will fill the park with seasonal carols while Santa meets with his clients. Free activities for kids and families will include: crafts, gingerbread contest tent, and hot chocolate. We will accept winter clothing items that will be donated to the Bellbrook Family Resource Center benefitting local families in need this winter. There will also be a bake sale that directly benefits the BHS service group “Partnerships for Success”, who also volunteer to organize this event with the park district. No registration is required to attend. Spend the evening with family and friends getting into the spirit of the holidays. Free.

Christmas in the Park at Bellbrock Park

Dayton Ballet- The Nutcracker

Details: Friday, December 14- 23
Join Dayton Ballet for the breathtaking production of Dayton’s biggest and best holiday performance arts tradition…Dayton Ballet’s beloved The Nutcracker. With magical choreography by Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke, delectable sets by designer Ray Zupp, and stunning costumes by Lowell Mathwich, the story of little Clara and her adventures in the Land of Sweets comes to life on the Mead Theatre Stage.  Clara and her adventures in the Land of Sweets comes to life this holiday season on the Mead Theatre Stage.

Dayton Ballet: The Nutcracker

Holiday Luminary Hike 

Details: December 28, 6:00- 7:00 pm, Ron Kehl Park
Walk the nature trail as the glowing luminaries light your way for the holidays! Meet a winter “Frozen” princess and a woodland fairy along the way and also some nature friends that will help you learn about Ohio’s wildlife. Make some noise at our holiday table and bring in the New Year! Dress for winter weather and wear boots for muddy or icy trails. For all ages-children must be with an adult.  Registration preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Free. 


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